GhNewsAgency News Summaries from March 26, 2020
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Minority supports lockdown of the country in response to COVID-19
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Minority supports lockdown of the country in response to COVID-19


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By Christopher Arko, GNA Accra, March 26, GNA - The Minority in Parliament has added its voice to calls by some organizations and individuals for the country to go into an immediate lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Mr Agalga referred to suggestion from Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, Minority Ranking Member on Finance, to the Government of Ghana to tap into the resources that have accrued from the Eurobond the country issued to deal with the coronavirus crisis.


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AUC swears-in Secretary-General of AfCFTA
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AUC swears-in Secretary-General of AfCFTA


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In particular, Mr Mene would be responsible for the management of the AfCFTA Secretariat, implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement and strategic collaboration; stakeholders' engagement; and resources mobilisation for the implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement.
"We put the AfCFTA Secretariat in very capable hands under Secretary General Mene, we are assured of effective implementation of the AfCFTA Agreement," said H.E. Amb.


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Business returns to normal after disinfection exercise
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Business returns to normal after disinfection exercise


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By Benjamin Adamafio Commey, GNA Accra, March 26, GNA - Two days after the closure of all markets within the Greater Accra Region for a disinfection exercise, business in and around the Central Business District has returned to normal.
On Monday, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies embarked on a disinfection exercise of 137 markets in the Greater Accra Region.


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COVID-19: StarTimes opens free access to over 100 international and local channels
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COVID-19: StarTimes opens free access to over 100 international and local channels


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By Simon Asare, GNA Accra, March 26, GNA - Africa's leading digital TV operator, StarTimes, has opened free access to over 100 international and local channels on its OTT platform, StarTimes ON. With over 30 countries in Africa infected by the Coronavirus pandemic, StarTimes would provide rich content to cater for its audiences as they stay home.
Ariel Wang, Operations Director of StarTimes ON, said "StarTimes would keep contributing to making people safe during this period of a world pandemic."Thus we opened the free access to channels and further upgraded StarTimes ON coding technology to decrease again the broadband traffic, allowing users to spend even less data and enjoy more content while using our APP, and decreasing the pressure on Internet and telecom infrastructures.


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CAF fines GFA $10,000
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CAF fines GFA $10,000


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Accra, March 25, GNA - The Confederation of African Football has fined Ghana Ten Thousand Dollars for the invasion of the field of play by a football fan, during an Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier between the Black Stars and South Africa.
A football fan during the latter stages of the Black Stars' win over South Africa in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers at the Cape Coast Stadium on November 14, 2019 ran onto the pitch and halted play for some few minutes.


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President Akufo-Addo has humbled UNIPASS Detractors-Chamber of Freight forwarders
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President Akufo-Addo has humbled UNIPASS Detractors-Chamber of Freight forwarders


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Accra, March 25, GNA - President of the Chamber of Freight and Trade, Dennis Amfo-Sefah, is calling President Akufo-Addo's encouragement, to Ghana Link Network Services Limited, which is deploying the UNIPASS software for the Administration of the country's Ports, as a humbling punch for critics of the new system.
Mr. Amfo-Sefah, who has long said that Freight Forwarders were agreeable to the new system thanked the President for encouraging the deployment of the new system and called on Ghana Link to rump up efforts to deploy the new system.


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Veep acknowledges adverse effects of COVID-19 on economy
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Veep acknowledges adverse effects of COVID-19 on economy


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The QR Code was developed by the Bank of Ghana through the Ghana Inter-bank Payment System, and would be issued to merchants by universal banks, rural banks, savings and loans companies, telecos and Fintechs.
Once the customer confirms the payment, the merchant will receive the payment instantly and directly into their bank account or mobile money account," the Vice President said.


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Parliament offers prayers for the nation
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Parliament offers prayers for the nation


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Accra, March 25 GNA - Parliament on Wednesday joined other Ghanaians to offer prayers for God's intervention to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority in his prayers requested God's cure for people with the coronavirus disease in the midst of the global spread of the pandemic so that people can experience his healing love.


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Ministry to engage Government for stimulus support for tourism industry.
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Ministry to engage Government for stimulus support for tourism industry.


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By Kodjo Adams, GNA Accra, March 25, GNA - Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said the ministry would engage government on a stimulus support system to cushion the tourism industry in the wake of the COVID-19.
The stakeholders has developed a proposal to the Ministry on the effects of the disease on their operations and the Ministry promised to engage the leadership of the Federation to President Akufo-Addo for assistance.


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Carlos Ahenkorah salutes NPP Delegates for discerning questions
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Carlos Ahenkorah salutes NPP Delegates for discerning questions


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Mr Carlos Ahenkorah, who is running for re-election for the party's Parliamentary ticket for Tema West, revealed that during a recent meeting with delegates, they asked probing and relevant questions that really impressed him.
"During the meeting, the delegates ticked one by one, his developmental projects in the Constituency, including roads, school and hospital rehabilitations as well as logistical provisions to various institutions."The probing delegates also testified that in deed he was a well experienced man with an already successful background as a businessman before he became MP. Among others, the delegates concurred that he is a former Shipping Manager at the Ghana Agro Foods Company, CEO of CarloKing Services Company, a Board Member of a Rural Bank and a former Lecturer at the Ghana Maritime University.


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BoG urges stakeholders in financial sector to intensify education on electronic payments
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BoG urges stakeholders in financial sector to intensify education on electronic payments


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By Godwill Arthur-Mensah,GNA Accra, March 25, GNA - The Bank of Ghana has encouraged stakeholders in the financial sector to intensify public education and sensitisation on the new electronic payment system including the use of Universal QR Code Payment Service and Proxy Pay for efficient and convenient payment.
The new payment solution, he said, would also speed up digitisation of payments to distributors, wholesalers, and suppliers as well as encourage users and merchants to accept and use electronic payment platforms.


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EC must suspend New Voters Register Compilation
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EC must suspend New Voters Register Compilation


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By Emmanuel Todd, GNA Accra, March 25, GNA - Dr. Onsy Nathan Kwame Nkrumah, a leading member of the Convention People's Party on Wednesday called on the Electoral Commission to suspend the New Voters Register Compilation exercise following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.
"I humbly urge the President to order the EC to cancel or suspend the compilation of the New Voters Register which will involve mass activity; on Humanitarian Health grounds at least; to protect life and limb of every Ghanaian citizen who may be infected by the virus and result in loss of lives," he said.


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Nyantakyi, Alhassan Trial adjourned to April 28
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Nyantakyi, Alhassan Trial adjourned to April 28


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Prosecution said at a meeting held with the accused on October 7, 2017 at the Jude Palace Hotel in Dubai, Tiger Eye held its self as H.H Sheikh Hammad Al Thani, his secretary that Dr. Marzuk A. Albadawir and other staff of the Sheikh as jointly representing Medgulf while Nyantakyi presented himself as a powerful person and a potential public officer who could influence the President, Vice President, Minister for Roads and Highways and Transport of Ghana to promote the business interest of Medgulf in Ghana.
The Prosecution said the signature of Nyantakyi was witnessed by Alhassan and was further agreed between Tiger eye and two accused that all monies paid by Medgulf into Ghana would be channeled through Fountain Savings and Loans Limited, a firm in which Nyantakyi held majority Shares.


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Panam Sports supports IOC decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics
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Panam Sports supports IOC decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics


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"Once the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are defined, Panam Sports will work together with the IOC, the International Federations, the NOCs and the athletes to be able to adjust their schedules for the competitions that follow, in particular the Junior Pan American Games of Cali 2021 that were scheduled between June 5-20,'' the statement said.
Panam Sports is the leader of sport and the Olympic Movement in the Americas.


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"Dont overlook the significance of other diseases"


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Accra, March 25, GNA - Professor Peter Twumasi - Director-General of the National Sports Authority has said although the new Corona viral infection is impacting on the rising global mortality of affected people, health experts should not overlook the significance of other diseases and conditions in recorded deaths.
He was worried that people with other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases were receiving less or no care at all, a situation he noted could be a cause for the death of many patients, who are battling with the virus.


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Opanka bemoans the devastating impact of Coronavirus on music industry
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Opanka bemoans the devastating impact of Coronavirus on music industry


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Affum Armstrong known in the music circles as "Opanka" has said that the Coronavirus has had a profound impact on not only musicians but also some industry players including producers, managers, publicists, among others.
Opanka has released a freestyle tape to entertain music loving fans.


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Meridian Port Services outlines COVID-19 work plan
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Meridian Port Services outlines COVID-19 work plan


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Accra, March 25, GNA - The Meridian Port Services Limited, operators of the dedicated container terminal at the Tema Port, 'Terminal three' has introduced a business continuity plan to avert possible effects of COVID-19 on its economic role.
The measures includes the implementation of additional control at entry gates where officials Meridian Port Service and Port Health are stationed to check temperatures of port users daily.


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EC postpones voter registration
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EC postpones voter registration


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Accra, March 25, GNA - The Electoral Commission has postponed indefinitely the compilation of a new voter register.
The Commission stated that the acceptance of results among stakeholders was dependent on how accurate and efficient it identified people and correctly eliminated voter fraud.


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Veep launches Universal QR Code to promote efficient electronic payment system
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Veep launches Universal QR Code to promote efficient electronic payment system


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By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA Accra, March 25, GNA - Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday launched the Universal QR Code and Proxy Pay to ensure convenience, efficient and secured electronic payment system and low-cost financial services to the vast majority of Ghanaians.
The universal QR code is the world's first interoperable payment acceptance solution and provides customers with an easy option for digital payment on business transactions, which reduces the technological challenges associated with operating cash-lite society.


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ANOCA welcomes IOC decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics
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ANOCA welcomes IOC decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics


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"The IOC, through its President, has once again demonstrated its high sense of social and humanitarian responsibility by taking the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games jointly with the highest Japanese authorities."ANOCA, through its President and Executive Committee, as well as its entire Sports and Olympic Community is proud that, as IOC leaders and Japanese higher authorities have recognized, the Olympic Games in Tokyo could be a sign of hope for the World in these difficult times and that the Olympic Flame could symbolize the light at the end of the tunnel for many.
ANOCA called on all the National Olympic Committees and the various players in the African Olympic Movement to tighten the ranks and show the ancestral solidarity that prevails between ANOCA and the IOC and their President Mr. Thomas Bach.


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